FYI – A Related “Journey” in Hawaii

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      We find this story of a land restoration quest in Hawaii to be both interesting and inspirational – and share it because you may as well. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140102/ARCHIVES/401021031/-1/search10?Title=Hawaiian-tries-to-bring-back-bit-of-paradise-#gsc.tab=0 Though the physical scale of Hyla Woods is more modest, there are many similarities between their goals and strategies and our own.  While our geographic scale […]

Timber to Table – New Life for an Old Friend

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Sometime before 1950, the young couple, May and Spencer Hess, planted two Sequoia seedlings beside their new, forest-surrounded home in the Coast Range foothills.  They grew fast and large and by 2012 began to drop large chunks of their tops onto the house and surrounding yard.  Stewardship of the house and surrounding forest is now […]

A “Counter Culture” Through Partnership

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As one more example of the good things that can happen through unique partnerships, Food Front Coop grocery is pleased to have a new and beautiful front counter in their NW Portland store.  The project’s success owes thanks to the cooperative efforts of a consumer (Food Front), an artistic craftsman (James Thompson of Jetwoodshop) and, you guessed […]

Pacific Student Scientists Feel the Pulse – Again

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We’re pleased to welcome the students in Dr. Gunderson’s Environmental Science course at Pacific University back to the Manning and Timber Forests for a second year of creek health monitoring and analysis.  Here is their report: The Environmental Science class from Pacific University sampled Lousignont Creek on Friday October 25, 2013. It was a cool […]

Our Annual News Recap

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Hyla Woods News – November 2013: The deadline of once again writing to invite you to join us in welcoming the spawning coho back to the forest constructively prods us to send along the following chronicle of forest highpoints from the past year.  As stewards of these community-connected forests, we value and welcome the many […]

Cohoho Rendezvous 2013 Report

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We learned long ago that each year’s annual celebration of the return of the coho and the turning of the year is uniquely different – and this year’s was no exception.  The main challenges included a temperature of 8 degrees at the meeting time and snowy driving.  Rewards for the roughly 30 brave souls included […]

Beautiful Cutting Boards Available

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We’re thrilled to be working in cooperation with Shari and Bryan of Dancing Roots Farm and other community partners to make six varieties of terrific cutting boards available for this holiday season.  They range from something simple (perhaps for second cousin George?) to something deluxe (for that future fiance’?).  Here is a sampling of how […]

Owl Mysteries Continue – Unsolved

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For nearly a year we have made regular owl sightings in the Timber forest.  Some of the owls are clearly barred owls (unwelcome newcomers that pose a threat to native owls).  Other owls, that have been seen clearly and at close range, do not seem to be barred owls, but fit the description of northern […]

Spotting a Neighbor – At Last

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For many years we have assumed that river otters make their home in our forests – but we have never seen one.  Until yesterday. We were excited to get word from Jeremy Milton, the forest keeper in the Timber forest, that he and his daughter, Lauren, had the good fortune to watch a river otter run […]

Once in a Lifetime Wood

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This winter has been made unique in the Mt. Richmond Forest by the remarkable wood that we have spent the winter milling. For many years there has been, hidden away in a corner of the forest, a large pile of easily overlooked, large, strangely shaped, old cedar logs. At the end of a logging project […]